Pursue an Exciting Career as a Private Investigator
Apply your passion for solving mysteries toward a new career as a private investigator. Penn Foster Career School's online courses in this career diploma program cover a variety of lessons including surveillance and observation, gathering evidence, and analyzing handwriting. Your curriculum includes discounts for the Personal Defense Network premium online how-to videos.
Why Become a Private Investigator?
Private investigators conduct investigations involving missing persons, corporate intelligence, or other fascinating areas. They typically work for investigation, guard, and armored car services, though nearly a quarter of all private investigators are self-employed. The average annual salary of a private investigator in 2019 was $50,510.¹
Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?
Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
A Committed Support System
While you can study at home, you're not alone! Our dedicated Student Services Department, Student Community, and instructors are just a call or email away.
Curriculum for Success
Get the skills and knowledge you need to help you prepare to become a private investigator.
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other Private Investigator students as part of the Penn Foster Community.
A Customized Learning Experience
With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and informative videos to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.
Private Investigator Course Details
Learn key skills and gain the knowledge that can help you enter the private investigation field. Private investigator courses include surveillance, corporate espionage, homeland security, evidence, and more.
¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Private Detectives and Investigators, on the Internet here (visited June 23, 2020). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.